The Lowdown

Welcome to the ShutterFest Lowdown page. Here, you will find most of the information you need for the event. Is everything covered? Of course not, it’s ShutterFest baby! This is your event and it’s what you make of it.

This year, we have expanded the show tied to the newly renovated spaces at Union Station. Canon, 17hats and Profoto will have dedicated theaters in this new space with lots happening during the event. Stay tuned for more details!  

New to ShutterFest? Well, expect to learn more than you have ever learned before. ShutterFest is like no other conference out there. Not because we say so, but because your peers have said so. At this one-of-a-kind event, you will have access to speakers like never before. They are here because they care about our industry and want to share EVERYTHING they know. No rock-star mentality. You will network with your fellow photographers, make friends for life, and enjoy access to some of the best education available.

If you are looking for structure, you are going to HATE ShutterFest. ShutterFest is not built for structure. This is your career. Enjoy the journey. Enjoy learning, networking, shooting, laughing and making new life-long friendships. Make the event what you want it to be. Want to focus on business – spend your time in classes. Want to focus on building your portfolio, great! – spend your time working with models and shooting all day and night. 

Take everything you know about conferences and forget it! ShutterFest is all about community. We are one big family. Everyone here loves photography and wants what’s best for the industry. It’s not about rock star mentality, it’s about growing as an artist and being around like-minded people who share the same love and passion you do.

Overwhelmed? YOU SHOULD BE. Take a deep breath and know that every year there are a bunch of new people who attend, they don’t know anyone, they are scared, overwhelmed, and every other emotion. It’s like your first day of school all over again. It’s completely normal. And just like school, after your first day and the nerves have settled, you will have made new friends for life. Come, enjoy, and soak up all the energy and inspiration.

Be sure to tag us in your posts – the world is watching! #ShutterFest 

Event Hours

Monday Early Registration: 2pm-8pm // Monday Image Competition: To be announced.

Tuesday: 8am-6pm // 20’s Party: 9pm-Midnight

Wednesday: 8am-6pm // Lip Sync Battle Party: 9pm-Midnight

Thursday ShutterFest Extreme: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Union Station Hotel Information: Click here for more information about the host hotel.

Free shuttles will run from Hilton Ballpark to Union Station every 30 minutes from 7am-10am and 5pm-midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday, shuttles will run every 30 minutes from 7am-10am & 5pm-7pm.

Pickup from Hilton Ballpark will be outside the main entrance. Pickup at Union Station to return to Hilton Ballpark will be outside of the Terminal Atrium.

Why was I not emailed any information? As was stated on our site and in the email receipt – all communication would happen via the ShutterFest Facebook group and the mobile app.

Why? We don’t want to spam you and in the past, we have had numerous communications go to junk mail, incorrect email addresses, or just not read. Again, this was communicated right from the beginning that all comms would happen via that group and the app. We are doing exactly what we said we would do.

Registering for Classes


We will have an app again for ShutterFest 2018. 



You will receive an invitation from – be sure to add this to your address book to ensure you receive the email. Check your junk folder. This invitation could get flagged as spam.

Having trouble downloading or navigating the app? CLICK HERE to download the how to guide for the app to learn how to register for classes and get the most use of the app.

To download the app, please visit or open the Apple Store / Google Play Store / Kindle Store on your device. Search for “ShutterFest2018” and tap download and install.


Once you sign up for the event, within 24 hours you will get an invite to the App. Without the invite to the app, you will not be able to register for classes or log into the app. The first time you open the app, you will be asked to log in. Please use the email address at which you received your app invitation. Then enter your temporary password for your account which can be found in the invitation email you received.

IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE A PASSWORD IN THE APP INVITATION, USE THE “RESET PASSWORD” LINK IN THE EMAIL TO RESET YOUR PASSWORD. You will need to create a temporary password to sign in with. After signing in you will be prompted to change this password.

You will not be able to sign in without this invitation. 
If you have any trouble logging in, please reach out to Support via email at


Do I have to register for classes? Yes, space is limited. The system will only allow you to register for one class per time slot. So, be sure to register for your MUST HAVE classes first.

Classes: Sign up for the classes you want by using our ShutterFest mobile app. Classes are on a first come first serve basis and the hands-on classes are limited in capacity. There are no limits to the platform classes. Be sure to save your schedule on the app and choose wisely! We recommend taking a screenshot or write down your schedule, in case there are issues with wifi in the Hotel.

What is the most efficient way to register for classes? You can register for one class at a time by selecting “Schedule” from the navigation bar in the app OR you can select your favorite speaker and see all their classes on one screen by selecting “Speakers” in the navigation bar in the app.

How many classes can I register for? You will be limited to one class per time slot. Breakout sessions are from 10:30am-12pm, 2:30pm-4pm and 4:30pm-6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There are too many classes. How will I attend them all? Welcome to ShutterFest ladies and gentlemen. You will never, let me repeat, NEVER attend every class, every shooting exercise, every outdoor class and that is the point. We created ShutterFest to be overwhelming. We want there to be TOO much good information and too much to do. Unlike other conferences, we want you to struggle trying to determine where you want to go. Some advice. Where are you weak? What are the 3 or 4 things you want to come away with from ShutterFest? Find those courses and go at it full power!

What if the class I want is completely booked? We don’t guarantee any single class, but fret not. ShutterFest is not about any single class. You have access to Photo Walks, Lunch & Learns, the Profoto Lighting Experience, Rent-a-Human, and tons of after hours shoots. We promise, you will not be disappointed. Come and enjoy the conference. It’s unlike any conference you have ever been to.

We do not guarantee access to any single class. Classes are kept small for maximum experience. Add yourself to the waitlist or sign up for another class. People drop in and out of classes all the time, so you never know if a spot will open up. Again, ShutterFest is not about any single class. It’s about your overall experience.

Instead, enjoy the entire event. Make new friends. Network. Build your portfolio.

You have access to models and wardrobe. FREE.

You have access to loaner gear to play with. FREE.

You have access to Photo Walks. FREE.

You have access to Lunch & Learns. FREE.

You have access to after hours shoots. FREE.

You have access to the trade show area. FREE.

You have access to the Profoto Lighting Experience Shooting Bays. FREE.

Can I register for multiple hands-on classes? Yes, there are no restrictions on hands-on classes this year. It is first come first serve.

Hands-on classes: Because of the way ShutterFest is structured, the hands-on classes with instructors will always be crowded. This year, we are limiting the hands-on classes to roughly 40-50 people per class. While a larger group, it still allows for everyone to hear and shoot. We have added a significant amount of hands-on classes this year to deal with the growth of the event. In addition to hands-on classes, we have the Rent-A-Human program (see below). Don’t want to be in a crowded class? Perfect, grab a small group of people and a model and start your own hands-on shoot.

What’s the difference between lecture, live demonstration and hands-on classes?

Lecture: These are non-shooting courses. Typically classroom based, bring your laptop and notepad and focus on learning!

Hands-On: These are shooting courses. You will be shooting and working. Bring your camera, gear, or whatever you need for the course and to create images. Expect to have some level of shooting.

Live Demonstration: These are instructor-led courses where you will see a live demonstration of what the instructor is teaching. You can still bring your cameras to these courses and you can photograph, but the goal of the course is NOT for you to shoot or to ensure you get a shot. The goal is for you to see how and why the instructor does what he/she does in order to get the final result.

Is there an additional fee for the hands-on classes? Unlike other conferences, no, there are no additional or hidden fees. Don’t see a course you like or the one you want is completely booked? Not a problem, check out the Rent-A-Human program.

How can I see what classes I am currently registered for? Log into the app to track the classes you are registered for by clicking “My Schedule” in the navigation bar. Select the date to see your schedule for that day.

What if I change my mind and want to register for a new class? No problem. When viewing your schedule within the mobile app, click the check mark next to the class you would like to remove. It will ask you to confirm to unregister. REMEMBER: Classes are first come first serve. If the session is full you may not be able to re-register for this class. Once you have confirmed you want to unregister, you will then be able to register for the new class. Register for the new class you want by following the instruction in the how-to-guide above.

Can I reserve a spot for someone else? No. They have to register themselves with their account.

Can I register or track my courses via my phone? Yes. Visit the app store and download and install the new mobile app, as instructed above. Once the app is launched, starting March 19th you will be able to register for classes by following the instructions in the how-to-guide (coming soon).

Can I teach my own class? No. This is not allowed per event rules. If you would like to be an instructor, by all means apply to teach and your time will come. As an attendee at the event, attend the courses and the program we have assembled for you. We have spent a lot of time and energy to put together an amazing program for you with some of the best speakers and educators out there. Enjoy the conference. Now, that’s not to say you can’t help one another. Of course you can, that’s the culture of ShutterFest. However, it sends the wrong message to attendees if random people decide they want to be instructors. The hotel and its property is 100% paid for by ShutterFest, please respect that.

What if I want to shoot the entire conference? Perfect! You have come to the right conference. Check out the Rent-A-Human program below. We have over 300 models for you to work with for FREE.

Will we get slides from the classes? Yes, if you receive the goodie bag (see below). Unlike other conferences, we give you all the presentations from the classroom courses.

Registration at the event

Registration will be in the main lobby of the hotel and you will need your photo ID to check in and get your badge.

What time will registration be open?

Monday 2pm – 8pm

Tuesday 6am – 4pm

Wednesday 8am – 12pm

What do I need for registration? Your driver’s license or other photo ID. You will not be able to register without it. Not even if your dog ate it.

IMPORTANT: The name on your ID MUST match the name you used to register for your ticket. You will experience complications at registration if these do not match. If you have legally changed your name since you purchased your ticket, notify us before the event email: or bring proof of your name change to make everyone’s life a little easier.

Can I pickup my friends/spouses/other badge? No. They will have to show their ID to pick up their badge. No exceptions.

I don’t have a ticket, can I just show up? We love all photographers, but for this event, you need a ticket! The event always sells out. There is no guarantee you will be able to purchase a ticket at the door. HOWEVER, If there is space left, you can buy a ticket at the door. The price for a general admission ticket will be $299. You snooze you lose. Don’t wait. Buy your ticket now –

Can I transfer my ticket or get a refund? No. This has been outlined dozens of times and it’s even listed on the site before you order your tickets. There are a multitude of reasons why we have this policy. Here is the main reason – the event is THE most inexpensive educational event on the PLANET bar-none. The event is also limited in size – once it sells out – it’s sold out! We are offering you hands-on shooting, portfolio building, top level educators – would cost $1k at other events. You know what you paid for your ticket. Well, in the beginning, people were buying 5 tickets at a time and selling them on eBay for $500 and that goes against the event and why we created it. Hence, no transfers or refunds. This ensures that no one can scam the system and we keep your ticket price affordable. So death, charities, mission trips, terminal illness, can’t afford to come, and the dozens of requests or reasons for a transfer or refund, our sincerest apologies, but this is a policy that has no wiggle room. We hope you understand the in-depth explanation we have provided.

T-Shirts & Hats: There will be some bad-ass ShutterFest shirts and hats for sale on-site starting April 3rd. Limited quantities and sizes available so be sure to get yours right away! Pre-Order your shirt by 11:59pm on March 1th to ensure you get the size and style you want before quantities run out. 

Click here to preorder your shirts!

Goodie Bags


As I am sure you are all aware, ShutterFest is EXTREMELY affordable compared to other conferences of this size. We are able to do this because of the negotiated terms with the host hotel. As long as we hit our required room block with the hotel, EVERYONE will get a Goodie Bag.

In the event we DO NOT hit the room block because attendees stay at other hotels – ONLY ATTENDEES STAYING AT THE HOST HOTELS WILL RECEIVE BAGS, PER THE PROCESS BELOW. 

IMPORTANT – To receive a goodie bag you must be:

  1. An attendee at ShutterFest. Don’t put your husband’s name, your friend’s name, or your dog’s name on your hotel room and expect to get goodie bags for them. Stop gaming the system. 🙂
  2. Staying in the SF18 ROOM BLOCK and have your name on the hotel room by March 27th in order to receive a goodie bag. NO EXCEPTIONS. Adding names to reservations after March 27th is allowed, they just won’t get a goodie bag.

How do I add my name to a room reservation at the host hotel? The only person that can add names to a room reservation is the person that made the reservation. For example, if John made the reservation, John can add Kim, Cindy, and Donnie. Donnie cannot add himself to John’s reservation – only John could do that.

So, if you want to be added to a room reservation to get a goodie bag, you will simply need to have the person who booked the room add your name to the reservation. There’s no need to mention goodie bags when you call, this will be taken care of by hotel staff at the event.

Why do I have to stay at the host hotel to get a goodie bag? Well, quite simply and transparently, we get a major discount for the hotel meeting spaces if our attendees stay at the host hotel. These savings are passed on to you in the form of this incredibly LOW registration fee. There is no other conference loaded with this much education for this price. Anywhere! 
So, support the conference and stay at the host hotel. This is incentive and a reward for those who stay at the host hotel and support the event. If not, we would have to raise prices for the event and no one wants that. 

How do I get a goodie bag? Goodie bag vouchers, dubbed “Bail Bonds” by Sal, will be handed out at the front desk of the hotel when you check in. Once you have your bail bond, you can pick up your goodie bag from Lockup anytime. The first person to check in will receive ALL the vouchers for the room. So, if you are not the first person to check in, you will have to get your voucher from the person who checked in first. Example: If there are 4 people in the room, all 4 vouchers are handed out to the 1st person/people checking in. If you lose your voucher, we will not issue another voucher. No exceptions. 

***WARNING***  Trying to game the system will only serve to frustrate the event and the spirit of ShutterFest. The bags are there to entice you to stay at the host hotel to keep ticket prices low for everyone. Gaming this by adding people to your room that are not staying at the hotel, etc will lead to bags being forfeited for the entire room if caught. If you have a problem with this please message Sal directly – there will be no exceptions to this policy. 

Where do I pick up my goodie bag? You will need your goodie bag voucher from registration and your ID to pick up your goodie bag. Once you have received your voucher you will be able to pick up your goodie bag from the Goodie Bag Lockup any time during trade show hours. This is located between the trade show floor and the Canon Theater. Please refer to the site map in the show guide or app for directions.

Will I receive a goodie bag if I stay at the host hotel one night and switch hotels? No. Stop gaming the system. You have to be using the room block and room rate for ShutterFest. This is a reward for staying at the host hotel – which is giving the event an EXTREMELY reasonable rate in return for the hotel rooms being booked. And guess what? This keeps your ticket price low.


Airport Shuttle Info

Staying at Union Station or Hilton Ballpark? Ready to make your airport transportation reservation? Lets GO!!

Click here to reserve an airport shuttle seat at the 10% group discounted rate. Please have your credit card ready, as a credit card is required and charged when you book. To receive the discounted rate, Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate. Standard rates  will apply for walk up reservations made on the spot.

Shuttles depart from St. Louis – Lambert International Airport every 15-30 minutes and from your hotel by scheduled reservation only.

Secret shoot with Sal & Profoto USA

This year, 10 lucky people will get to be part of our secret shoot. In the past, we have shot at Busch Stadium and a Secret Location in the Historical Union Station. Last year, we shot in the train yard in and on the historical trains in Union Station. 

This year will be no different. We are working on something unique and different for 10 people to build their portfolios and work side-by-side with Sal Cincotta and the Profoto Team. 

So, how can you win one of these coveted seats? Over the next few weeks we will have random challenges posted during the week – some silly, some serious. The winner of each challenge will win a seat to the event. AND THE FINAL TWO SEATS will be given out during our opening platform on Tuesday morning.

Let the games begin!!


What gear should I bring? Bring whatever you plan to shoot with— camera bodies, lenses, flashes, tripods, etc. It’s a shooting conference and you are a photographer, do we really need to explain this to you?

Will there be gear to rent at the event? Yes. We have vendors at the event that will have limited gear for you to rent including Profoto, Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Panasonic, Westcott, and Zeiss.

Interested in trying a new Canon DSLR or Canon Lens? Canon will be on hand with their full line of professional DSLRs and select lenses for you to sign out. Additionally, Canon Technical Experts will be available to assist with camera settings and to answer any technical questions you may have while shooting.

Can I buy gear at the show? Yes. B&H, Creve Coeur Camera, PROCAM, Pixel Connection, and Helix Camera & Video will be there selling camera gear.


Food Trucks: Yes. We will have food trucks again this year for meals. They were a huge hit the last couple of years so we brought them back. On the 3rd and 4th, we will have food trucks on site for both lunch and dinner. On the 5th we will have food trucks on site for lunch. We know. It’s pretty bad-ass. Conference food already sucks, so we wanted to do something that was ShutterFest worthy. There will be 13 food trucks for lunch and 8 for dinner both days with every kind of food imaginable. And no, we are not paying for your lunch. 🙂

Grab & Grub: In a hurry? Stop by and grab some grub under the Midway overhang. Pick up coffee, water, soda, sandwiches and snacks for a quick pick-me-up.

There are also many restaurants located around Union Station. The Hard Rock Cafe and Landry’s Seafood is located behind the hotel. There is also the Station Grill located right off the Grand Hall on the 2nd floor of Union Station.

Digital Image Competition

2018 will mark the 4th Annual ShutterFest Image Competition. Show the world and your peers what you’ve got! Image competition is the BEST way to improve your skills and become better as a photographer. Don’t be shy. Feedback and constructive critique has helped us all grow. Not to mention, there are some killer prizes from our awesome vendors!

We will be filming the image competition for FREE. All entrants will get access to the results so that they can learn from the feedback of the judges. Watch the entire image competition – it’s one of the best ways to learn and grow.

In addition, Canon will be printing select submitted images and displaying them at the event.

Click here to learn more and enter.

Registration and Upload Deadline – March 7th. 

Registration fees: Early bird registration $25 (deadline: February 28th)
Normal Registration $35 (entries purchased after February 28th).


Categories Include

First Timer | General
Wedding | Bridal Party / Friends
Wedding | Bride or Groom Alone
Wedding | Couple Together
Wedding | Details
Portrait | Animals
Portrait | Beauty
Portrait | Children
Portrait | Engagement
Portrait | Group or Family
Portrait | High School Senior/Teens
Portrait | Newborn
Portrait | Individual
Portrait | Maternity
Creative | Commercial
Creative | Fashion
Creative | Landscape
Creative | Illustrative
Photojournalism | Wedding
Photojournalism | Non-Wedding

Live judging will be hosted at the event on Monday April 2nd.

Who can enter? The competition is open to all photographers, both professional and amateur.

How many times can I enter? You can enter up to 25 entries.

Do I have to attend ShutterFest to enter? No. In fact, because the competition is being filmed, this gives you a great way to enter the competition no matter where you live in the world and see and hear the feedback from the judges.

Can I upload my images later? Yes. You can enter and pay for the entries and submit your images at any time before the March 7th deadline.

Can I alter my entry after I create it? Yes, you have up until March 7th to change your image, category and/or title.

What happens if I enter, but don’t upload my images in time? The system will lock you out and you will not be able to enter your images. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

How will I be able to see the video? After the event, the video will be completed (allow a few weeks for our team to work this) – it will then be posted to the image comp page. Log into your account and go to the competition page, there you will see the video posted.

Is there an additional fee for the video of the image competition? No. The video will be available in your dashboard and is included with your entry fee.

I didn’t enter the image competition. Can I still see the video? No. This is part of the image competition entry fee. You must enter to view.

Where will the results be posted? The results will be posted to your dashboard after the event. Winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Shutter Magazine.

More information coming soon.


ShutterFest Extreme // ALL BUSINESS

This is a 3rd day dedicated to more of the business side of photography. Sure, taking pretty pictures is why we all love photography, but if you want to actually make money at this thing called photography there are other facets to the business side. In this action packed day, you will hear from some of the most knowledgeable people inside and outside of our industry. 


Extreme will take place April 5th // 9:30am – 5:30pm

Food Trucks there for the lunch break. You will have 1 hour for lunch.

There will be a FREE shuttle running from Hilton BallPark to Union Station from 7:00am-10:00am & 5:00pm-7:00pm 


Click here to register for SF Extreme or to see more info on speakers and topics.


Tuesday Night Party

Did Someone Say Party?! Do you LOVE the 20’s? Get ready to be transported back in time to the decade that brought us the Charleston, Jazz, Flappers, Gangsters and so much more. On Tuesday night, April 3rd we’ve got an authentic 20’s big band playing amazing Jazz music all night long. Come dressed to impress in your 20’s attire and win our annual BEST DRESSED contest with awesome prize giveaways!

Check out the bandThe Singapore Slingers, 9pm-12am

Wednesday Night Party

Lip Sync Battle presented by Song Freedom & FyrFly starts at 9pm followed by DJ (Millenium Productions)

All of the above is 9pm-12am

Wanna compete in the Lip Sync Battle? More details coming soon.

Rent-A-Human (aka RAH)

Aptly named by our comedian from ShutterFest 2014, Pat McGann, this is now the name of our model program.

What is Rent-A-Human? This is our FREE modeling and portfolio building program at the event. Since ShutterFest is a hands-on and shooting conference, we realize the need for lots and lots of models. This year, we will have over 300 models at the event across all different genres. High School Seniors, families, babies, children, glamour, boudoir, weddings, general portraits, fashion, fitness and same-sex.

Time: Models will be available to work with on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm (RAH will be closed from 12-2pm) – NO EXCEPTIONS.

How does it work? In order to Rent-A-Human you must use the RAH Model Request Form, available at the event only. The minimum size group will be 2 photographers. We STRONGLY recommend not working in groups larger than 5. The entire point of the program is to give you time to shoot.

There are 3 stations. Station #1 is where you will fill out your Model Request form and get all your questions answered. Station #2 is where you will turn in your completed form, show your photo ID, and pick up your model. You will be able to take the models on-location for outdoor shooting or there will be designated models in the Profoto Lighting Experience (shooting bays) area for you to shoot with Profoto Gear. As a group, you will decide on your own. Station #3 is where you will return your model.

Models: We will have over 300+ models at the event. Know someone who wants to model in 2018 to build their portfolio? Have them register here.

Model Lineup: Get excited! This year we have put together a gallery of ALL the models that will be attending ShutterFest! Click here to see who is coming:

Hair & Makeup: Paul Mitchell the School will be volunteering their time and resources to provide hair and makeup for the models to ensure your shoots are top-notch!

Wardrobe: We have a few local bridal shops that donated 60+ wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses for you to use on your shoots! Models will be instructed to bring other outfits for their shoots, however, if you are looking for a stylized shoot, feel free to bring an outfit or two that you have been dying to shoot.

Rent-A-Human Details: You can specify two category choices on your Model Request form – we will do our best to supply you with your first request, but we can not guarantee that model type will be available. Models are based on availability, time of day, etc. Again, you are not guaranteed any specific model or genre. We will do our best. Models CANNOT be selected by name. If you want to set up a shoot with a specific model, you will need to coordinate directly with that model OUTSIDE OF EVENT HOURS.

If you would like to bring an outfit or other clothing accessories for the models, you are more than welcome to do that. Don’t forget, we have wedding dresses available on site for bridal and the male models have been instructed to bring suits.

You will have 1 1/2 hours to work with the model. We will be monitoring check out times and return times, if you are late returning the models, you will no longer be allowed access to the Rent-a-Human program for the remainder of the event. Please note – this applies to your entire team. You are a team – you win together, you lose together.

You can shoot in any of the predetermined shooting locations listed in the Show Guide. There is no real limitation on where you can go EXCEPT the trains in the back of Union Station located near the Hard Rock Cafe. You can shoot around the trains, but NO CLIMBING ON THE TRAINS. Don’t wander too far, because it will eat into your shooting time.

Shooting after hours is not only encouraged, it’s expected. ShutterFest is something that goes on all day and into the late hours of the night. You will have to coordinate with the models directly on this because each model has time and travel restraints.

The models will have signed release forms prior to the event – so you have been cleared to use these for your portfolio, website, etc. THEY DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING FOR YOU DIRECTLY.

You are more than welcome, and encouraged, to share your contact information with the models. We have instructed them to do the same. In addition, each model will have a model card with their contact information for you to take a test shot.

In return, you are expected to share your images with the models for their portfolios. That’s the deal. You will be agreeing to this in your request form. We do not expect you to track down every model you shoot. ShutterFest will have a sharing site where the models can grab their images for their portfolio.

Sharing your Images: This is where we have to show our ShutterFest Love. The models are here for free. They are working to build their portfolio and they need your help for that to happen. Please share your images.

The models will have signed release forms prior to the event – so you have been cleared to use these for your portfolio, website, etc. THEY DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING FOR YOU DIRECTLY.

You are more than welcome, and encouraged, to share your contact information with the models. This year, we have created “model stat cards” to facilitate this exchange, so that you can have a photograph of your model’s information.

In return, you are expected to share your images with the models for their portfolios. That’s the deal. You will be agreeing to this in your model request form.

We do not expect you to track down every model you shoot. ShutterFest will have a sharing site (Powered by N-Vu) where the models can grab their images for their portfolio.

To share your images please upload them to Click the upload button in the lower left corner to create folders and upload your images to the gallery.

This is an N-Vu gallery and the models will have the ability to download the images from the site. It’s perfectly fine to put your watermark in the lower right corner of your image. Just remember, they want these for their portfolios, so the watermark should be noticeable, but not overpower the image.

Sizing your Images: Resolution for the image should be roughtly 1300 pixels on the long edge @ 144 pixels. This is perfect for the web. Use Lightroom for the export and this is easy.

Naming your Images: Name the image using the following naming convention.


The Profoto Lighting Experience (AKA The Shooting Bays)

Profoto is here! Play with the latest and greatest gear on the planet. Right off the trade show floor there will be 4 Shooting Bays stocked with Profoto lights, Profoto light shaping tools, and there will be designated models in the bays at all times for you to work with for FREE! Build your portfolio, practice new techniques, and work with your peers to create some awesome images!

The Profoto Lighting Experience is an amazing way to build your portfolio and self-teach. Part of being a photographer is experimenting. Experiment to your heart’s content. We will provide the ingredients, including the models, and you and your pods will provide the talent. This is a great way to not only work with new gear, but to produce killer images for your portfolio.

Volunteer at Shutterfest

Wanna be a volunteer at one of the most exciting events on the planet? We are in search of 30 volunteers for the event this year in various areas such as Rent-A-Human, Help Desk, Registration, and Image Competition.

Think you got what it takes? Click here to fill out an application.